Shakur Stevenson will fight Joet Gonzalez for the vacant WBO featherweight title as ordered by the World Boxing Organization. The title which was recently vacated by undefeated titlist Oscar Valdez, who has chosen to move up in weight for his next bout.
The sanctioning body has called on the promoters of both fighters to begin a 30 day negotiation period after which a purse bid will be order, if both parties fail to come to terms within the period.
“Please be advised the parties have thirty (30) days upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement regarding the Vacant WBO Featherweight Championship Contest between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez,” Luis Batista Salas, chairman of WBO championship committee stated in a letter submitted to Rank and Golden Boy Promotions (Gonzalez’s promoter) on Tuesday.
“If an accord is not reached within the time frame set forth herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant with the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”